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Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy
net zero carbon economynet zero carbon economy

Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy
net zero carbon economynet zero carbon economy

Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy
net zero carbon economynet zero carbon economy

Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy
net zero carbon economynet zero carbon economy

Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy
net zero carbon economynet zero carbon economy

Working towards a net zero carbon economy

net zero carbon economy

Energy Strategy

The South East Midlands' Energy Strategy details the route map to secure clean energy to power business and housing growth in the area in line with our local, national and international commitments to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Working with partners, we are committed to improving productivity and sustainability in tandem. To achieve this, SEMLEP promotes growth which is fuelled by renewable energy, smart and connected transport solutions, and greener vehicles, buildings and design principles across the South East Midlands and wider Oxford to Cambridge Arc region.

South East Midlands Energy Strategy

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Energy Supply

Evidence and findings 

Electricity network capacity is constrained in certain areas. Around 5% of the network has no demand headroom, and 20% has headroom of less than 5MW. Around 16% of substations within the WPD area have no headroom to support distributed generation (e.g. from renewables). Constrained areas include Wellingborough, Daventry and Kettering.

Key issues for the SEMLEP area

Supply constraints can delay or stop developments and business operations. Spare capacity is around 24% - healthy for incremental growth, but a risk for our high growth area. Distributed generation from renewables is expected to be important for the area’s future energy supply. Constraints on generation will hinder targets to achieve high growth, energy self-sufficiency, job creation and national carbon reduction.

Objectives 

Ensure the electricity network capacity is capable of meeting the area’s future demand growth. Ensure the electricity network capacity can meet the area’s need for distributed generation, in line with growth and sustainability objectives.

Recommendations

  • Support development of new Distributed Energy Resources
  • Establish new commercial framework and fund a pilot
  • Potential - revise Local Plans, priorities and develop new guidance
  • Develop and promote the Business Case
  • Support development of Active Network Management (ANM)
  • Build into new estates/regeneration areas
  • Pilot trials (funded) – integrate learning
  • Use zonal approach to ANM roll-out (start with areas with generation)

Energy Supply

Evidence and findings 

There are 331 heat networks in the SEMLEP area, with an installed capacity of 292 MW for heating and cooling. Around 0.1% of SEMLEP buildings are connected to heat networks.

Key issues for the SEMLEP area

Government clean growth targets envision around 20% of buildings to be connected to low carbon heat networks by 2050. This represents a huge challenge for the area.

Objectives 

Ensure the electricity network capacity can meet the area’s need for distributed generation, in line with growth and sustainability objectives.

Recommendations

  • Develop an area-wide heat network support programme
  • Identify/focus on areas with maximum viability
      • Large baseload, plus high density of demand
      • Regeneration areas and developments adjacent to networks
  • Develop case studies to support a business case and wider roll-out

Energy Demand

Evidence and findings 

The area’s housing and employment plans aim to drive high growth in new domestic and non-domestic building developments. New buildings are failing to achieve basic design energy performance targets.

Key issues for the SEMLEP area

Inefficient buildings increase energy demand and reduce business efficiency. The poor energy efficiency of existing buildings will remain in the future building stock. This is a particularly important risk for SEMLEP due to the high volume of domestic and non-domestic development in the pipeline.

Objectives 

To improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings.

Recommendations

  • Define a consistent SEMLEP area approach to new build standards and planning requirements.
  • Develop a more certain and supportive regulatory framework.
  • Investigate land valuation options to fund higher standards (e.g. EcoTown Bicester).
  • Produce and disseminate case studies and business incentives for best practice energy-efficient homes and buildings, including the use of new electric technologies.

 

Evidence and findings 

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc needs improved East-West transport links. There are opportunities from innovation and changing dynamics e.g. self-driving vehicles and tele-working reducing commuting. HS2 will free up capacity on the West Coast main line.

Key issues for the SEMLEP area

Poor East-West public transport connectivity and scarce modal shift opportunities affect inter-connection between towns/cities, commuters and local communities, having a knock-on effect on the productivity of the area.

Objectives 

Develop transport infrastructure focused on the sustainable growth dynamics of the area, with a focus on East-West connectivity; modal shift from private cars to public transport, cycling and walking.

Recommendations

  • Develop programmes to target road capacity stress points.
  • Develop programmes to tackle rail network stress, focused on Thameslink morning peak and PM peak in
  • London Northwestern, in addition to AM peak services to London in both train operators’ services.
  • Support the development of new strategic road or rail links towards Oxford and Cambridge, as well as connections into these.

 

Evidence and findings 

There are currently 1.5m licensed vehicles in the area, expected to grow by 19%-32% by 2045. Currently, almost all vehicles are powered by fossil fuels. Government has committed to the banning of all new fossil fuelled vehicles between 2040 – 2050.

Key issues for the SEMLEP area

Traffic-related air pollution, due to the increased use of private cars, potentially has a severe impact on air quality and carbon reduction targets. All future growth scenarios predict significant growth in electric and zero-emission vehicles. This is a major challenge for SEMLEP in terms of a new EV infrastructure.

Objectives 

To become a hub for electric vehicles that catalyses early adopters and investors.

Recommendations

  • Use planning requirements (policy and guidance) to require developers to accommodate EV charging
  • SEMLEP innovation project (Govt. funded) to define routes to engagement (uptake) and impact on infrastructure
  • Develop a support package for businesses to innovate on EV related services
  • Support preferential planning for EV parking spaces (use SPD – standard parking spaces)
  • Develop a central repository for case studies and learning

BEACON PROJECTS

Take a look at the beacon energy projects based here in the South East Midlands. To support our route to zero carbon, we want to highlight best practice in energy generation, energy-efficient buildings (including retrofit), grid constraint solutions, low carbon transport, energy efficiency improvements to industrial processes or innovations in technology. Want to include yours? Get in touch with Arthur.LeGeyt@semlep.com.

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